This stopped me in my tracks: The No. 1 question kids ask at AskKids.com is “What is love?” Ask reports. I was glad to find, upon doing that search myself in the children’s edition of this natural-language search engine, this first result: “The definition of love is a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness…” from the American Heritage Dictionary. (The No. 2 question kids ask? “Where can I find ideas for a science project?”) The No. 1 parenting question at Ask.com could almost be considered a flipside of kids’ top one: “How can I help my child deal with a bully?” The rest of the parental Top 5 are “How can I help my child like school?”, “How do I keep my child safe on the Internet?”, “How should my child deal with peer pressure?”, and “What immunizations will my child need for school?”, respectively. If, instead of just clicking on “Search” on the home page, you click on “Lots of Answers” above it, you apparently get a slightly different set of results – based more on authority than popularity (Ask’s people say its algorithms look for sources such as “education sites, accredited institutions, newspapers, etc.” and “relevancy to the question”).
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems